Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Chevron Baby Blanket

I made this Chevron Baby Blanket for my precious new grandson. Didn't it turn out beautifully??? And how handsome is the little guy modeling it for his Gramma?

In all the years I've been knitting, this is the first time I've completed a knit blanket. I love this pattern! It is very easy to memorize and perfect for relaxation/meditative knitting. I thought it was going to be out of proportion (too long for the width) but once blocked it was perfect! I used acrylic yarn, so I had to steam block...another first for me, and I am so happy with how it turned out! Just do a Google search for "how to steam blocking acrylic yarn" for plenty of posts and videos to help you along if you decide to give steam blocking a try! 

Chevron Baby Blanket Pattern by Espace Tricot found here on Ravelry:

or on their website here (scroll down to find pattern):


Tuesday, October 20, 2015

FREE PATTERN: Owl Camera Lens Buddy

Hi there!
A friend of mine asked me to make her an owl camera lens buddy for her new photography business, so I worked this little guy up. He would also be great on the end of a baby bottle, I think. It's only a simple little pattern, but I thought I'd share it in hopes that it would help someone out. I wrote it down as I went along, but have not made a second one to test it out so please, if you find any errors or have any questions, let me know.

Owl Camera Lens Buddy
©Anita Shore Elmore

You may not sell or claim this pattern as your own.
You may, however, share the pattern freely and sell any items you make using this pattern, all that I ask is that you give me credit as the designer with the info above.
Thank you for respecting my copyright.
Please enjoy!

Hooks: US G and D
Yarn: DK weight (in two complimenting colors – called color 1 and color 2 throughout pattern (+) a small amount of white and black)
Ponytail holder / hair tie

ch                    chain
sts                   stitches
sl st                 slip stitch
sc                    single crochet
hdc                  half double crochet
dc                    double crochet
tc                     triple crochet
inc                   increase
dc2tog            double chain 2 together
sp                    space
fo                     finish off

Beginning ch 1 / ch 2 does NOT count as first st in each round.
Start each round in same stitch as joining sl st from previous round.
When finishing off eyes, leave long tail for sewing.

Using US G hook & holding 2 strands of yarn together:

Round 1: using color 1 attach yarn to ponytail holder with a sl st, ch 2, dc 38 around ponytail holder, join to top of first dc. (38 sts)

Round 2: ch 2, (dc 3, dc inc)x3, dc2tog, *dc, tc, ch 2, tc, dc *in next st, dc2tog x4, *dc, tc, ch 2, tc, dc *in next st, dc2tog, (dc 3, dc inc)x3, join switching to color 2. (44 sts + 2 ch 2 sp)

Round 3: ch 2, (hdc 4, hdc inc)x3, hdc 3, *hdc 1, ch 2, hdc 1 *in ch 2 sp, hdc 8, *hdc 1, ch 2, hdc 1 *in ch 2 sp, hdc 3, (hdc 4, hdc inc)x3, fo.

EYES (make 2)
Using US D hook & only a single strand of yarn:

Round 1: using black yarn, ch 2, sc 6 in first ch, join switching to color 1 (6 sts)

Round 2: ch 1, (sc 2) across, join switching to white (12 sts)

Round 3: ch 1, (hdc 1, hdc inc) around, fo.

Sew to body/head as seen in pic.

For each ear:

Cut 2 strands of each body color (+) 2 strands of white (or other complimentary color) approximately 4” long.

Holding these 6 strands together, fold in half. Push resulting loop in one of the ch 2 sp, going from front to back, enough to pull ends back through loop. Pull snugly to secure and trim ends to desired length. 

Using yellow yarn, embroider beak as seen in pic.